Working and Well™

Working and Well™ – Facilitated sessions on managing stress, anxiety, and depression at work.

Stress, anxiety, and depression are at epidemic levels

Your employees and coworkers are struggling. And they probably aren’t talking about it.

“Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide,” according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). In addition, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.”

Even the most enlightened organizations are not sure how – or even if – they should be stepping in. However, a 2018 survey conducted by The Harris Poll clearly shows organizations need to take more active steps to support employees and their mental health.

More than three in four U.S. employees (76%) have dealt with issues negatively affecting their mental health according to new survey results. Almost all employees (96%) agree that mental health is as important as physical health, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.
(Source:
Employers Should Play an Active Role in Employee’s Mental Health, According to New Survey)

Financial implications are staggering

Organizations that don’t take action will likely face huge financial costs that will affect overall profitability, including increased turnover and decreased productivity.

Shame and stigma prevent some 80% of sufferers from seeking help, according to one report. These are expensive problems to keep hidden. Depression alone costs the U.S. economy $210 billion a year, half of which is shouldered by employers in the form of missed work and lost productivity. (Source: Is it OK to show your real face at work yet? Mental health is still a “don’t ask, don’t tell” subject at work )

While employees may not specifically call in with depression or anxiety, these mental health conditions are frequently the true issue, and the root cause of related physical health issues.

In an average week in the U.S., 5 million people miss work due to stress and an estimated 4 million work days are lost due to depression. (Source: How to Address A Trillion Dollar Issue: 6 Triggers Of Emotional Distress)

While it can be difficult to calculate a ROI on some training and educational initiatives, these sessions should correlate directly to decreased absenteeism, higher employee satisfaction, lower turnover and retention of top performers, and improved overall productivity.

Holding space for sticky conversations

Catherine is the founder of The Depression Discussions™: The Conversations We Need to Keep Having, dedicated to bringing the discussion of mental health issues out of the closet and into daylight.

As shame researcher Dr. Brené Brown says, “Shame needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secrecy, silence, and judgment.”

Organizations that do not support their employees around stress, anxiety, and depression will pay a financial penalty.

Schedule a time to speak with Catherine Morgan about your organization’s needs via this link.

Working shouldn’t make us sick

As a career transition expert, Catherine Morgan has had multiple exceptional professionals call her on their way to or from the ER because they thought they were having a heart attack due to workplace stress and toxic work environments.

She has also coached several clients through depression and breakdowns caused by toxic work environments. (See: Workplace Bullying Is a Thing and It’s Devastating)

When Catherine’s colleague was clearly going to collapse or develop an autoimmune disease after years of overwork, and another colleague had a stroke triggered by workplace stress at 31, she created her TEDx talk, Sustaining Personal Energy to Fuel Professional Success.

Organizations can’t do this internally

While employees may want help (or at least be open to it), the perception is that it’s too risky and too vulnerable to open up to HR, a manager, or other internal resource.

Even if there are qualified resources available internally, these difficult conversations can only be facilitated effectively by a trusted, objective third party.

Structured facilitation 

For the past 10 years, Catherine Morgan has coached professionals through career transition and personal crises, including job loss, bad business breakups, health issues, financial collapse, death in the family, divorce, etc.

Catherine’s signature talks and workshops hold space for sharing, providing support and offering practical strategies and tactics for managing the inevitable ups and downs of work and life.

Facilitated session topics include:

  • Less Stressed: Practical strategies for busy professionals
  • Turn It Down: How to lower the volume of anxiety
  • Let the Light In: How to work better with depression
  • Stop Spinning: Rethinking overwhelm and perfectionism
  • Midlife Midcareer Recalibration: What to do when what you’ve been doing isn’t working anymore

Whether onsite or via Zoom web meeting, sessions will empower participants with tools they can use immediately.

Disclaimer: Catherine Morgan is not a mental health professional. While creating a safe space for sharing, she will leverage personal insights, case studies, and educational resources with participants to empower them and encourage them to explore options and see possibilities.

Schedule a time to speak with Catherine Morgan about your organization’s needs via this link.

Hiring Catherine Morgan

Catherine Morgan is a highly rated presenter and facilitator who has spoken at job search networking groups, professional association meetings, coworking spaces, and small business events sponsored by the City of Chicago and SCORE.

Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert and business consultant to consultants. She has been employed by KPMG, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte. Through her own consulting company, she was a project employee for Protiviti, Navigant Consulting, and Resources Global. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. (LinkedIn profile)